Female-founded Asian American spirits brand Yobo has launched a collaboration with chef Kristen Kish on a new range of modern aperitifs inspired by an evolving Korean American identity.

Created by Kristen Kish, Top Chef winner, author, celebrity television host, and restaurateur, to disrupt the traditionally Western category, Yobo_Kish pays homage to Kristen’s Korean roots and brings together her passion for unique flavors, unexpected ingredients, and the balance needed to accompany any meal.

Each aperitif is a deeply personal reflection of Kristen’s story, ethos, and heritage. As a proud Korean American and member of the LGBTQ community, Kristen’s self-expression is represented through one-of-a-kind flavor profiles and curated names; Shine (kumquat rose ginger), Bliss (sour cherry pink peppercorn licorice), Seoul (hibiscus lemon balm raw honey) and Earth (smoked mushroom umami).

“I’m thrilled to unveil my line of aperitifs inspired by my passion for food, the many journeys of my life, and my Korean American heritage. A family of four aperitifs, each have its own story to tell pulling from specific memories and moments that I cherish. It’s an honor to share my stories with you,” said Kristen Kish

Co-created with Yobo Soju, levering soju as its base, Yobo_Kish is crafted from all natural ingredients with no artificial additives, no artificial colors, and is well balanced at 21% A.B.V. Each aperitif is designed to stretch the imagination of mixologists and chefs of all levels to create a new generation of elevated Asian American mixology.

Yobo_Kish will launch in select markets in 2022 and expand nationally in 2023. You can also purchase Yobo_Kish online at Reserve Bar for $38.99 (750 ml) and $20.99 (375 ml).

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